Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. The Better Bean Company, a father and daughter founded brand, offers 15-ounce chilled deli tubs of cooked beans. All eight varieties of Better Beans are NonGMO Project Verified, gluten free, soy … Read More

One of the major theories of aging is that free radicals cause accumulated damage to our cells over time. Free radicals are highly unstable molecules that disrupt normal cellular processes. Neurons, the interconnected network of nerve cells that the brain needs to function, are particularly susceptible to free radical damage. Study after study has shown … Read More

All types of tea – black, oolong, green and white – come from the same plant. They differ in how they are processed after harvesting and before drying. All dried teas, if stored away from light, heat and moisture will last a long time, up to 2 years. Keep loose tea or teabags in an … Read More

Evidence is showing that beginning in 2011, our past inroads in preventing heart disease have slowed down. Experts speculate this is due to our increasing obesity epidemic (71% of US adults are overweight) and the alarming increase in cases of type 2 diabetes (21 million US adults have diabetes). Here are 12 things you can … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.  Icelandic Glacial Water is sourced from the naturally replenishing Olfus Spring which was formed in Iceland during a volcanic eruption over 5,000 years ago. Since Olfus is one of the world’s largest … Read More

Surprised? We usually associate calcium and other minerals with healthy bones but in order for these minerals to be effectively used to make bone in the body the minerals need to be available to the cells. Vitamin D helps the body maintain the correct level of calcium in the blood allowing bone cells to absorb … Read More

PLU stands for Price Look Up code. You know it as the annoying little sticker on every apple you buy or the number on the bag of grapes that you punch into the self check-out register at the supermarket. PLUs have been around since 1990 to make check-out and inventory control faster and more accurate … Read More

Free-from should mean that a food contains no amount of, or only trivial or inconsequential amounts of an ingredient. Calorie free means fewer than 5 calories per serving. Sugar free, fat free and trans fat free means less than 0.5 grams per serving. Cholesterol free means less than 2 milligrams per serving. Sodium free means … Read More

Millennials get a lot of attention because they are so tech savvy and use this knowledge to decide what to eat and what to feed their families. But Generation Z, those born between 1996 and 2010 will become the grocery shoppers of the next 10 years. Children, tweens, and teenagers in Generation Z literally grew … Read More

Trends are long lasting, fads fade quickly. In 2016 Dominque Ansel invented the cronut, a donut made with croissant dough. This idea became the root for many hybrids or mashup trends that will continue into 2017 – cruffines (croissant/muffin), brookie (brownie/cookie), cupcake coffee and waffle tacos. Eating crickets and other insects got a good deal … Read More